This new Cambridge Audio CX N V2 network player replaces the famous Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6. It integrates Spotify Connect, Airplay, Internet Radio, NAS Drive/ UPnP compatibility, USB asynchronous, coaxial and Toslink digital inputs, a DSD64 support, and AptX Bluetooth (with an additional BT100 receiver).
The new CX N V2 processor is more powerful and faster. It improves the audio quality and the execution speed. The audio stream undergoes an ATF2 upsampling processing and then passes through a dual Wolfson WM8740 DAC (digital to analogue converter). Every audio file is up scaled to reach without any error a higher resolution: 24bit/384kHz format.
The front panel is equipped with a magnificent colour screen. This enables you to see with precision the album artwork you are listening to and the corresponding information. The controls are simplified to a strict minimum via the app “Cambridge Connect”. This enables you to access all the functions you desire. You can easily and intuitively consult albums, playlists, and modify the settings of all the connected sources from the comfort of your chair. The Cambridge Audio CX N V2 network player enables you to look for a song in digital format on your computer, your NAS, USB device, or Spotify.
The back panel has several inputs and outputs! It includes RCA coaxial and digital Toslink optical inputs. It also has a RCA analogue output and a balanced XLR output. In addition, there is a USB audio and USB for hard drive. It is possible to have a DSD64 support and AptX Bluetooth by adding the Cambridge Audio BT100 Bluetooth Audio Receiver.
The CX N V2 is meg-DASH and HLS compatible as soon as it is powered on. This enables you to stream with excellent quality internet radios. Since the CX N V2 also supports DASH format, radio stations are available in 320 kbps. It also integrates spottily connect, Airplay, internet radio, NAS Drive/ UPnP compatibility, asynchronous USB!
The plug and play is simple and very fast. Cambridge Audio claims that its engineers spent hours tuning the CX N V2 by ear! And well, you can clearly hear this, the musicality is present!
We were surprised by the quality of the bass and its articulation. The dynamics are excellent, even on radio streams. The timbre balance is more analogue than digital. This does not mean that it is “warm” nor “round”, like some like to point out… On the contrary, the sound is clear and detailed but it is never harsh nor aggressive. Moreover, it is nuanced and fluid, no matter the source you use. This product offers a restitution with a dimension that is more analogue than its competitors. When listening to this network player, we kept in mind that not long ago, it was necessary to invest three to five times as much to almost reach these performances!
The Cambridge Audio CX N V2 network player is a true success, not only including the technological aspect but as well as in terms of musicality.
Take into account: Tidal will be available on the CX N V2 network player in early 2018, with a software update.
Diapason d’Or - 2016
What Hi-Fi ***** - 2015, 2016 & 2017
Hi-Fi Choice - Editor Choice
Audio Video HD – Editor Choice
Converter: dual Wolfson WM8740 DAC
Digital filter: second generation ATF2
Upsampling: 24 bits / 384 kHz
Analogue filter: two pole dual differential Bessel
Screen: LCD with control buttons
Potentiometer: for navigation
App: iOS (free)
UPnP servers: 16-24 bits, 32-192 kHz
USB Audio 2.0: 16-24 bits, 32-192kHz and DSD64
S/PDIF Toslink optical: 16-24 bit, 32-96 kHz
S/PDIF RCA and AES/EBU: 16-24 bit, 32-192 kHz
Bluetooth option: BT100 (SBC and Apt-X)
Audio formats: WAV, FLAC 24/192, ALAC 24/192, AIFF 24/192, WMA, MP3, AAC, HE AAC, AAC+, OGG Vorbis, DSD 2,8 MHz
USB type B: 1 x USB Type B conforms to USB Audio profile 1.0 or 2.0 (user selectable)
USB type A: 3 (including one on the front panel)
S/PDIF input: 1 x RCA coaxial
S/PDIF inputs: 2 x Toslink optical
Ethernet port: 1 x 10/100
IR input: 1
Control: 1 x input and 1 x output
S/PDIF coaxial output: 1 x RCA
S/PDIF optical output: 1 x Toslink
Analogue outputs: 1 x stereo RCA + 1 x XLR
IR remote control: yes
Standby consumption: < 0.5 W
Dimensions: 430 x 85 x 305 mm
Weight: 3.5 kg